Local farms across Western Nevada County are moving into the height of the fresh summer produce growing season. Thanks to a matching grant from Rotary District 5190, the Rotary Club of Nevada City has provided 1,100 servings of fresh vegetables to the Food Bank of Nevada County. A variety of fresh produce was purchased from three local farms including First Rain Farm (Nevada City), Starbright Acres Family Farm (Grass Valley) and Feeding Crane Farm (Penn Valley). the farm fresh organic produce is being distributed in food boxes that are delivered to family homes and seniors each week as well as in bag lunches for children. Each box of food is designed to provide a healthy balance of supplemental food for a week including substantial protein, grains, vegetables, and fruit. The fresh produce followed a donation of 1,800 cans of veggies.
Teams of Nevada City Rotarians then volunteered for packing food boxes for home delivery multiple times throughout the year.  During summer months, brown bag lunches were delivered to school children who may not other wise get lunch when school is out.
One week the Food Bank team called for a team to jump in and pack PPE equipment into Emergency Go Bags that will be distributed in the coming weeks. A partnership of FREED and the Food Bank, the sturdy red packs include a hand crank radio, non perishable food packs, personal hygiene items, and much more. Working with Food Bank staff, Rotarians packed over 250 packs that were delivered along with food to home bound elderly and disabled clients.